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Listen to ‘Side By Side’ by Dave Koz

 September 18, 2020

By  ExoticDJ

Dave Koz teams up with David Sanborn, his all-time saxophone hero, on "Side By Side." The song is from Koz's forthcoming album, A New Day, which will be released on October 9 - exactly 30 years and one day after the release of Koz's self-titled debut album. 

Although Koz and Sanborn have toured together, "Side By Side"marks their first recording together. The two sax greats wrote "Side By Side" with Rick Braun, Philippe Saisse and Alice Soyer. Braun produced, recorded and arranged the track and plays trumpet, trombone and keyboards. In addition to playing keyboard and B3 organ, Saisse took on additional production, recording and arranging duties.

Koz says, "Collaborating with David Sanborn on this song was an opportunity to celebrate these last 30 years by going back to my roots. He's not only been a hero of mine since I started playing but has become a good friend and trusted colleague. It was SUCH a shot in the arm, personally and professionally, to work with him, Side By Side. I was really excited when he responded positively to me asking if he'd like to write and perform a song together. When he sent back the track featuring his alto, it honestly felt like an out-of-body experience for me.

The focus of the song is obviously on the two Daves, but Rick Braun and Philippe Saisse are also responsible for making this a really interesting track musically. It was awesome having their deep musicality to draw from as well as their amazing arsenal of sounds to add in the mix. 

"Thematically, "Side By Side" is about friendship and "leaning on your friends" even when you can't physically lean on them. Besides the opportunity to record with a true master of the saxophone for the first time, this song for me is about creating that Side By Side feeling. We all need that kind of comfort so badly now, the comfort of leaning on our friends." 


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